Bowled Over – England Win second Women’s World Cup Match – By Luqman Liaqat

Skipper Charlotte Edwards scored a century to become the leading scorer in women’s one-day internationals as England won by 32-runs against India to get their World Cup campaign back on track.

Edwards helped her side reach a total of 272-8 which proved too much for India to chase down in Mumbai.

Only Harmanpreet Kaur batted well with an unbeaten 107 off 109 balls as the hosts reached 240-9 from their 50 overs, with Katherine Brunt picking up impressive figures of 4-29.

After the three lions were put into bat by India, they struggled to 5-1 from five overs before Edwards and Sarah Taylor helped with 35 to make a recovery in a hundred run stand to take the score to 104-2.

No other batters disappointed and all fully supported Edwards, who struck fours in clusters. Lydia Greenway swept and slogged on her way to 29 off 27 balls and Brunt lashed 21 off 16.

Edwards reached her century, with a steer to third man off her 113th delivery. She soon lost her wicket when taking a risky single and was run out. In the final overs Arran Brindle cleared the infield with ease scoring 37 from 23, to get a match winning score.

India made a poor start in reply, as Brunt took two early wickets slipping the hosts to 29-3 after eight overs.

Kaur and wicketkeeper Karu Jain set about repairing the innings with a steady century stand, while Jain wasn’t short of determination; she still struggled to beat the infield making 56 off 92.

Jain mishit went straight to backward point off Brindle in the 34th over with India on 135-4 and still needing 138 runs to win.

Jhulam Ghoswami was promoted up the order, who hit a few boundaries before falling to a leaping catch at mid-off by Heather Knight.

After Ghoswami’s wicket, India never looked to chase down the target and it was all down to Kaur to stretch the score to 240 from 172-5.

Kaur was a tread to watch, she generated power and timing through good judgement with her feet to chip the ball down the ground. She played the cut superbly and a beautiful version of her own slog-sweep.

Kaur reached her maiden century with a drive to long-on in the 46th over, off 102 deliveries.

The talented young Indian batsman finished unscathed but couldn’t produce the quality required for the victory.

Despite the defeat India stay above England due to a better net run rate, with the West Indies topping the table after thrashing Sri Lanka by 209 runs.

This win for England sets up a thrilling conclusion to Group A on Tuesday, as the three lions take on the Winidies and an all Asian affair will see India playing Sri Lanka.

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